The traditional Christmas pudding of Dickens and Downton Abbey lore is something most of us have never tasted or maybe never even seen. Michele Chandler and Sue Buchanan decided to change all that. One pudding at a time.
“We started the business, Puddings Matter, because good Christmas puddings had disappeared from the store shelves. We had been making them for friends and family for a decade, one year we were up to 50 units and realized there may be something there. We also manufacture puddings in upstate New York, for a Dickens Festival in Skaneateles, NY. At this festival the characters walk around and talk about a Figgy pudding, but they had never had one. Another driver behind starting the business was the fact that Downton Abbey was the #1 show on PBS, so that also influenced my decision.” explains Michele.
You can find Mrs. Patmore’s pudding recipe from the show in this article about Puddings Matter from Central New York Magazine.
They offer two puddings – The King George Christmas pudding (1 lb.) and the Prince George (4 oz) and start production in September to be ready for the holiday season. The puddings are now available at Fiesta Farms and Michele will be giving out samples this Sunday from 2-4.
I love Fiesta because they are an independent grocer supporting local purveyors and they’re giving us a chance to showcase our product.” she adds.
At the demo people can taste the pudding, which may be unfamiliar to a number of cultural backgrounds. Michele will also explain the ritual of a pudding and how to maintain, serve and share the dessert over the holidays.